Silver Knights take down Barracuda 6-3 keep playoff hopes alive

The San Jose Barracuda Jayden Halbgewachs (89) battles for the puck behind the net against the Henderson Silver Knights at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Apr 9, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The Henderson Silver Knights scored four goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose has lost a franchise worst nine games in a row. Henderson has won two out of its past three games and currently sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division with 60 points.

Henderson (28-28-3-1) scored twice in a 49 second span early in the first period. First a turnover inside the ‘Cuda zone led to Ben Jones tipping home a shot from Jermaine Loewen past ‘Cuda goalie Alex Stalock for his 21st goal of the season at the 7:39 mark.

Then at the 8:28 mark Paul Cotter skated right down the middle of the nice and snapped a wrist shot through the five-hole of Stalock for his 18th goal of the season.

San Jose (20-37-3-2) temporarily cut the lead in half with a power play goal just past the halfway mark of the opening frame. Lane Pederson sent a pass back up to the point where Artemi Kniazev blasted a slap shot through the five hole of Silver Night’s goalie Jiri Patera for his seventh goal of the season at the 11:09 mark.

Henderson closed out the first period with two late goals. Kaeden Korczak’s shot was whacked out of midair by Ben Thomson, who was camped out in front of the crease, for his first goal in an Silver Knights uniform at the 14:56 mark.

Loewen capped of the combined five-goal first period when he finished off a one-timer past Stalock for his fifth goal of the season at the 18:06 mark.

San Jose once again cut the lead in half early in the second period. A shot from the point by Kniazev was redirected past Patera by Dillon Hamaliuk for his third goal of the season at the 3:34 mark.

The Silver Knights regained their three-goal lead with a power play goal. Colt Conrad sent a rink wide pass to Jack Dugan whose one-timer beat Stalock to the far side for his fifth goal of the season at the 13:11 mark.

San Jose was awarded a penalty shot when Alan Quine was called for hooking at the 11:03 mark of the third penalty. However, Mason Jobst’s attempt was stoned away by Patera.

The Barracuda scored with 47 seconds left in the game when Santeri Hatakka beat Pantera with a fluttering wrist shot to the far side for his second goal of the season.

Brayden Pachal closed out the scoring with an empty net, his second of the season, with 14 seconds left to seal the deal for the Silver Knights.

Patera finished the evening stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced in earning the victory. Stalock made 32 saves on 37 saves in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-1 on the power play. Henderson was 0-for-1.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Jones 2) Loewen 3) Kniazev

UP NEXT: San Jose and Henderson complete their two-game series on Sunday 4/10 at 1:15pm at SAP Center.

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